This entry is a bolt on to the episode 43-Tarpon Preparation podcast I released. If you haven't heard it or aren't listening to it now, then I recommend doing so. Link to that episode here. For everyone else this is a written and picture entry to give a little more detail to the podcast. A note here, I am far from a professional, but am happy to share my journey as an amateur with all of you. Including my blunders, as you will see.
So below is a quick checklist of most of the items I discussed on the podcast. Of course the list for a tarpon excursion is vast and also changes depending on area fishing, time of year, etc. This is a brief view of some high points that I have been focusing my efforts on mostly.
#1 Flies, Flies, Flies. This is always one of the most fun aspects for me, because I love to tie! I especially love to ties saltwater flies. Giant hooks with all the fun materials. The examples I brought up in the podcast were a cockroach and toad/bunny variation that I am super excited about. Here are some pics of those flies.
#2 Leader - My goodness. There are as many opinions on tarpon leader as there are men who have ever caught a tarpon. It is absolutely mind boggling. Especially if you include the knot discussion. I thought I would only include a few pictures of the knots and knot failures here that I referenced in the podcast.
#3 Fly Line - For Tarpon I always bring an intermediate line and a floating. This trip I luckily have a spare Hatch spool, but in the past I would use a line winder like in the picture below.
#4 - Pliers - I used to under estimate this aspect of the trip. However, after being many of awesome saltwater guide use some top quality stuff, I needed a pair.
#5 - Rod and Reel - I discuss these much more on the podcast but here is the set up. Sure wish there was a spare rod in that picture.
On that note ladies and gents, I have some more prep work to do. Lots of casting and knot practice in my future.